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Microsoft & Yahoo! merger could cause “Zimbra Business Messaging System” first casualty victim

 One of the first casualties of Microsoft & Yahoo! merger would likely be Yahoo’s Zimbra open-source messaging server, which they acquired in September 2007 for about $350 million.

Zimbra is considered to be an open-source alternative to the Microsoft Exchange platform, and already has a pretty impressive client list. Amongst Zimbra’s customers are Mozilla.org, MySQL, Digg, Raytheon, University of Berne, and the UCLA.

Blogger, Raju Vegesna of Zoho, was also pretty pessimistic:

“If you look at Zimbra, it really is an Exchange competitor. Yahoo probably bought it to build a platform around email, gaining from Zimbra’s expertise on email. When Microsoft completes the acquisition, we can safely assume that the Exchange competition will no longer exist. Yahoo might integrate some goodies from Zimbra into its webmail client [but] all the server side stuff of Zimbra might die a quick death.”[SEJ]

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